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How to ace verbal section in CAT

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There is not much time to CAT'16. The way to triumph verbal section of CAT is to be very powerful with reading comprehension. Here is an article by our guest author with reading list and approach towards it. 

About Author:

Hemang Panchmatia completed his MBA from NMIMS ( 2005 batch). After a 4 year stint in financial services, he became a full time teacher in 2009.He is the Co-founder of CREDence Academy (MBA and study abroad entrance exams coaching) and is a passionate reader. He teaches Verbal and is an expert GDPI trainer


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Read 15 books by 30th Aug 2016



THE NEED

If there is one skill that will help you ace the Verbal section and ( hence the CAT), it is Reading Comprehension. Let me give you a few reasons to elaborate the reasons for having great Reading Skills



  • CAT 2015 had 5 passages (approx length 350 words for each passage) and another 10 non-MCQ questions based on Summary, Inference and Para jumbles questions. So, they expect you to read around 2500 words (around 8-10 pages) in the 1 hour of the Verbal section itself !!!



  • Since most students have poor reading habits, they really struggle with the Reading Comprehension section (which accounted for 24 out of 34 Verbal questions in CAT 2015). One of the best ways to improve RC is to read more and hence (indirectly) improve your comprehension skills.


  • A favorite question during the interview round is ‘ Tell me the last 2 books you have read recently’. It significantly impacts your selection if you reply’ I do not read’



  • When you start your corporate career, you will be required to read a lot – voluminous data reports, industry journals etc. As a famous quote goes’ All good managers are good readers’.



The Reading challenge

Once you are convinced about the need for reading , I am hoping you will be motivated to start reading regularly. To make it easier, I invite you to read 30 pages a day. Accounting for a few gaps, I would really like you to read at least 15 books in the next 6 months. Believe me, this investment of about 30-45 minutes a day will pay you rich dividends during CAT and also in your professional life.



The Recommendation List

Most students ask  ‘ I have not read any books till date . What should I read ?’ or ‘Should I read XYZ Book ?’. To help you to choose decent title, I have classified books as per difficulty level & genre.  Hope this helps a lot – Happy Reading !!!!!



I have categorized books in 3 difficulty levels ( Level 1 – easy read, Level 2 – Medium etc) and 5 genres. To have diversity and build comfort across different themes, I would recommend you read 3 books in each of the 5 categories. This is by no means an exhaustive list – I had to leave out some of my favorite titles . The idea is to get you start reading 30 pages in a day – and make it a enjoyable & learning experience.

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